What’s the difference between traditional and modern yurts?

There are several variations of the basic design and different names used for the structure. Of these variations there are two main types: The ger and the bentwood yurt (also known as the Üy). The Mongolian ger is the older design, which has a relatively heavy center ring (known as the crown or toono) and straight rafters (known as uni) spanning from the center ring to the lattice wall (known as the Khana). This is the design that the modern Pacific Yurt was inspired by and patterned after. Let’s take a look at how traditional Mongolian gers differ from their modern cousins.

Mongolian gers:

  • Feature interior support poles
  • Features felted wool exterior coverings, created from sheep or Yak hair
  •  The ger is lightweight and quick to assemble and disassemble

Modern Yurts:

  • Structural upgrades strengthened with contemporary materials to withstand extreme conditions
  • Durable, high-tech architectural fabric takes the place of felted wool
  • Have a central ring with acrylic dome skylight that may be opened
  • Have windows (fabric or glass)
  • Not intended for frequent movement


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